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Reframing Our Insights – Transforming Our Efforts

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There are acronyms to describe the tools and systems that are used to survive in the world of business – including:

  • BI – collecting business needs
  • ERP – providing business solutions
  • CRM – managing customers/feedback

Every new parent knows what every business owner (and everyone else) should learn – that knowledge comes from the sudden awakening that the baby needs something – and right now.

The next question is WHAT. The baby is not able to communicate so the parent has to investigate the situation and determine the options that could bring relief – or satisfaction. The next question is HOW. The parent has to decide how to address the situation and provide the solution. With any luck (and just-in-time delivery) – the needs will be met and the parent can return to business-as-usual, LISTENING And READY for the next active call of duty.

Babies don’t even have to ‘know’ what they need to create the change in the system that can force parents to listen, respond, learn (repeatedly). Somewhere along that critical path toward mutual success they come to a sustainable approach – the viable convergence of needs, and solutions, and feedback. Parents know that the baby must be fed – and then we also must eventually “burp ’em” . That final result serves as a feedback loop – assuring that the formulation was well placed – and well received (borrowing/combining “BIRPM” from those three business acronyms above suggests the same closure).

Unfortunately, that early lesson is often lost later in life. Those same babies may have all but given up yearning to get what they want – let alone what they need – by the time they mature, enter the workplace, interact in society, and share common space on this small blue planet. Their frame of reference ‘lens’ somehow seems to get broken.

a shattered view of life

So would it help to replace that ‘lens’

– to improve our own insight – to expand our shared vision ?

Reframers” is only the latest term used to describe those who are willing to take a new look at what is – and consider what might be better – and how. That focused choice is not new and countless others have made it – on the way to a mindless job – in the throes of a hopeless marriage – on the last day of meeting payroll – on the way to an enemy prison.

Somehow at the ‘last moment’ they decide.

That decision is their first step in a better direction.

“Reframers” decide to “question prior answers”. Repeating what has always been done is only randomly effective, even given the same challenge. Only those with “status” stand to gain from protecting the “status quo”. Everyone else stands to gain from liberating everyone else.

They use the new insight to “answer current questions”. That is always the first step toward a better result. Getting current information about the real need can empower us to avoid a another failed approach – to create rather than focusing blame on ‘yesterday’.

They create “future solutions”. The symptoms of yesterday’s decisions will face us today. But our decisions today will also face us tomorrow with more unwanted symptoms – if we don’t enact meaningful change. Today we must converge insight into the initiatives that can fulfill our desired results, tomorrow.

They share the “benefits”. Some will be the customers – some will be the providers – some will be brokers of information or products – some will defend the rights of all of them to exchange and enjoy all these benefits. They all share a relatively small space on a small planet that is hurtling through space – one that ‘they’ must all sustain if WE are to all survive.

Where does your frame of reference …fit within this frame of relevance?

Are you ready to be cloud-based and crowd-sourced..?

Can we apply a little process improvement

– and even some parental skill?

A Pair-of-Docs

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Here’s a paradox for you:

One reason a business fails – it doesn’t act like a social network!

One reason a social network fails – it doesn’t act like a business!

Somewhere along the path to good business relationships something is often overlooked. Customers like to go where someone “knows their name” (like “Cheers!”). Employees like to work where someone “knows their name” (like “Thanks!”).

Somewhere along the path to creating social networks, something is often overlooked. Participants only show up to get their needs satisfied (like “Cheer$!”) Those who invest time and money to provide these platforms for that audience also show up for their own satisfaction (like “Thank$).

Turns out it’s the same process from either perspective – and it’s all about serving the common needs of people.

It’s a pretty safe bet that most people are seeking

equitable representation and equitable remuneration

within whatever system they participate – and that

smart investors will want a ‘share’ in that ..

Persons, professions, and communities have familiar characteristics. Studies in psychology have cataloged humanity into basic personality types that respond in somewhat predictable patterns. Those patterns may predict the purpose for which they join together in interest groups and undertake common initiatives (religious, social, professional, political). That also translates into the way their relationships are formed, especially where commerce is conducted and money is exchanged.

The purpose for which a social network or business exists may vary from purely philanthropical to purely profitable. The distribution of any proceeds created by those efforts then gets apportioned within that purpose. Given that framework (stated intention/reward), individuals can choose an endeavor and will participate so long as their expectations are proportionately met. Unexpected changes in the purpose or the proportionate benefit can cause upsets – and an exodus may soon follow.

Yet, if you look at the organization chart of a given business you will likely overlook how things actually work, ‘socially’. If you look at the process of a given social network you will likely just become ‘lost in the conversation’. If you look at the purpose of a for-profit business it may overlook the social values of its customers. If you look at the operating process of a not-for-profit entity you may see that it fails to ever accomplish its intended social purpose. It appears that we may need to change the process, on purpose!

A pair of documents come to mind – each perhaps missing from the ‘other’ arena:

Where are the ‘business plans’

for social networks?

– the critical path?

Where are the ‘social maps’

for business development?

– the stake-holders?

Both arenas appear to suffer the same lack of results and perhaps for similar reasons. Perhaps its time to merge the documents – and dissolve the paradox – maybe it’s time to CONVERGE.



were mapped to support BUSINESS PROCESS?





and if we want real change…

What if each person, seeking equitable representation and equitable remuneration, could ALSO find that in their system of government?

What’s NEXT with YOU – care to comment…?
– dare to COOPERATE?

Let us know what part you want to enjoy – with us!!

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NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Social Chemistry 101

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WOW – just when I thought I was safe from the agony* and defeat** of Freshman Chemistry, here it is from Rick Liebling of EYECUBE

The Periodic Table of the Social Media Elements


( *I have a “minor in it”) (** finally learned that it was just the +/- laws of attraction)

As we enter the new dimensions of our interconnected world, it is important and necessary (and a stroke of pure genius) to envision the relational aspects of the micro-components that comprise the covalent bonds that we will have to co-VALIANTLY share.

This serves as a familiar physical metaphor to our new virtual environments. Elementally, some things (people) are what they are. picture-9Some (as noted on the KEY to the Table) will be ‘key’ elements. Some will express themselves and strongly influence any partnership that they may form – some will even dominate.  Some will gather into compounds, some will be catalysts to those formations, and some will resist like water in oil, unable to blend with the others without some intervention.

And, at the root of it all will be invisible +/- forces that create those weak or strong bonds, or the repulsion that prevents them. Those forces are already measured in the ‘hard’ sciences and are now being discussed in the ‘soft’ social science circles as brand, identity, and social capital (for example). Once a valuation formula is ‘approved’, these ‘forces’ will in turn be the published metric for our individual worth (social capital) within our collective universe (U-Netted Nations) of this new ‘Relationship Economy’ – if we chose to cooperate (bond).

Just as formulas can prescribe how each combination should be constructed and predict how that reaction will work, so too we will need prescriptions for co-managing ourselves at these new intersections of our shared virtual space. Interaction between once-segregated kingdoms now begs for self-governance across border-less international expanses. And to enjoy that co-managed approach, we will have to revert to some basic principles and core values and concepts that are familiar, and can scale from personal to local to regional to global.

The nice thing is that some things are ‘constants’.  At the core of math and science are the basic ones and zeros and +/- charges that make up the rest of the ‘rules’.  So now:

– what are the core rules for our global ‘social interoperability’?

They should be as “simple as possible,

but not one bit simpler” (so said Einstein).

No doubt the framework of this well crafted Table of the Elements of our social spaces offers a new frame of reference for our insight. But the very next challenge will be how – and how well – we can deliberate its usefulness and make any other needed improvements – instead of repelling each other over some insignificant subscript or superscript notation – or who gets to influence more +/- power than the others.

That next framework will define OUR ‘reaction’ process.

It also needs to be ‘core’ simple – but fully scalable

and create sustainable solutions.

It will serve us individually, and collectively, to discover how each one of us is unique and how that uniqueness can contribute to others. Some ‘arrangements’ will never be created without the alignment of opposites – made possible by intermediaries. Like chemistry, without knowing what to use and how to blend, and what to expect, we can waste precious resources creating long-chain results that are not useful (sustainable) and worse yet will not easily decompose for our re-purposing (green).

Given the Table as a reminder, perhaps it doesn’t have to be that agonizing. Perhaps we only need to ask the right elemental questions (or ASK4) before we attempt to create compound answers that hopefully serve us all equitably.  Perhaps we can avoid being defeated by first looking at the “positive and negative” aspects of each proposed formula, then considering what predictably can or should happen before taking the risk of individually or collectively reacting, or blowing up our live-in laboratory.

What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

Want real cooperation, progress, CHANGE ? – Dare to ASK4™ it…?
NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a
participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.




LIFEcycle Requirements

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Life – it just keeps changing. Everyday something becomes a new challenge, because of something else that changed, unexpectedly. Our new needs reflect new requirements, new parameters that must be overcome.

Throughout our life(cycle), the nature of those changes will vary by situation and by urgency. One or more of ‘Murphy’s Laws’ predicts that the most urgent will be the least understood or hardest to remedy.

Whether it’s in personal health, family relationships, social issues, political realms, business ‘success’, nonprofit ‘results’, or government ‘support’ – change is the constant. Managing that change, and coordinating it to accommodate diverse populations in equally diverse situations is an enterprise-level undertaking. So why isn’t that effort well integrated?

Why aren’t our social conversations collected as anecdotes to point to symptoms? Then why aren’t our response actions aimed at the root cause – instead of the ‘because’ (symptoms)…? Perhaps it’s as simple as:

We’re disconnected!

True, we have now been inducted into the world of online SELF-publishing, complete with video to document our ‘intelligence'(?). We can rant in any of several forums and re-present ourselves in any of several media styles.

But what for…?

Even those sites that endear us to some worthy cause seldom capture our ‘requirements’ in a manner that even the novice programmer would accept for building the ‘code’ for the ‘program’ that could meet our ‘need’. Even if an ‘application’ of effort was created, it might not even serve the original user population, let alone be scalable or able to be leveraged for reuse elsewhere, on someone else’s ‘platform’, or in another ‘environment’. Perhaps we should consider gathering ‘enterprise-level’ requirements to help with our

Global Relationship Management (GRM)

For that to be possible, we can turn to the art/craft of business analysis. Somehow we have to collect the ‘user story’ needs and turn them into functional ‘human interface’ results, locally and globally. What we must also avoid is ‘analysis paralysis’ by making BETA progress, pending ‘perfection’.

Cooperation at this level demands a systems approach that accounts for all stakeholders, recognizes all perspectives, objectively creates consensus, amicably enrolls participation, makes those benefits globally available, and accepts that change is the only constant, the ‘IF’ that prescribes the next ‘Therefore’…and

that’s not utopian – that’s utilitarian.

That’s the requirements-gathering utility that we all need, to create a self-managed global platform built on the ‘code’ of ethics, to enroll us ALL – in a self-correcting ‘environment’, enabling us sustain our individual – and collective LIFEcycle ‘programs’, and

to meet our mutual ‘needs’, globally


(w/Apology to all tech folks: Poetic License Herein Requested 😉

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NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Just (Un-)DO IT!

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‘Just Do It!” – yeah right!

If only it were that simple. In our rush toward results we are often willing to sacrifice effort – ahead of insight. Trying another ‘HOW” without knowing ‘WHY’ may get us the same failure rate – and perhaps another notch in our ‘insanity belt’.

So, “Why can’t we get to ‘HOW’?”….(not by repeating our prior approach). We have to use the right questions and have to question our prior answers!

Asking the right questions – in the right sequence, will get us to the “WHY’ (it.. is what we don’t like or isn’t what we desire instead…) and uncover ‘WHAT’ to do (if anything) – and ‘HOW’ to do THAT something that can actually can bring sustainable benefits

Taking that approach, cooperatively, 24/7, could have earth-shattering benefits – for good – and for us all.

Adults tend to ask ‘HOW” – children tend to ask ‘WHY’, .
…from the mouth of babes…so they say(?).

ASK4™ is a four-question process improvement and change-management tool for solving problems and creating better results. It is engineered to bypass entrenched ‘bastions of reluctance’ that typically prevent progress – in personal, cultural, institutional, and international contexts.

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Surfing or Wipe-out?

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Whatever level of understanding you have about surfing, you are familiar with the difference between:

  • successfully using the uplift and momentum to propel you forward at little effort,
  • or instead, loosing your balance, falling into the abyss, and being pummeled by a wave of impacts.

It’s either surfing or it’s a wipe-out, and only a few options in-between those two.

Fast-forward to the ‘groundswell‘ of information that is sweeping across the new online media channels made available by and for the people who understand, create, and deftly use the web. They can ‘surf’ with dexterity. They make it look easy to the rest of us who venture in and may soon find ourselves overwhelmed or left sputtering on the edge of success after looking for answers to our questions, or just plain friendship.

Since others can and have made the ‘ride’ and beckon us to ‘come on in’, we assume the sport is for everyone and re-launch our resolve against the elements. What looks like the ultimate wave of progress (for them), may be to some of us – only an unrecognized information undertow. We stand to get sucked in to endless currents of “he-said-so-she-said-but I think”….

Surfing is great for some, survival may be more than than enough for the rest of us. Mere survival sounds passive and certainly we can expect more and even get more from our shared experience in this ocean of opportunity. Instead of the current approach that draws us in to each and every website and whirlpools of disconnected conversation, we need to channel the energy of convergent tides of influence, and use the momentum of consensus to direct our cooperative efforts toward safe arrival at new destinations.

What appears to be needed instead is a way for us to look for the hidden currents that are actually headed in the direction we all need to go, a life-raft in which we can safely combine our efforts, and a few paddles to steer and manage our directed travel toward our intended destination. Then perhaps we too can use the lift of cooperation and the currents of influence to our advantage.

That can happen, not by abandoning the extreme sports, but by creating a means for the rest of us mere mortals to get our feet wet too, without the repeating novice experience of another ‘wipe-out’.

ASK4™ is a simple online 4-question approach
– that enables website/user group interoperability
– to co-manage their ‘Collaboration on Purpose’
– for creating ‘unintended consensus’
– that enables global cooperation
– to solve universal issues.
for those who participate and cooperate
for their mutual interests in the U-Netted Nations™.


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From person to market to universe – our relationships are virtually alike at all levels, and now being seamlessly connected across all dimensions – virtually (via the Web).

The old means of interaction are being abandoned, ineffective for these new groundswell relationships. New methods are being envisioned in the minds of those futurists who dare to champion new approaches for solving familiar issues along the expansive global supply chain.

We are moving from being controlled by those who provided goods and services and marketed them to us (push), to being represented to them as a measured demographic, complete with the metrics of our ‘group desires‘ (pull).

The transition from that CRM management of the ‘customer’ to VRM management of the ‘vendor’ by the customer (group) is changing the way we interact internationally – in our global relationship management, ‘GRM’.

As we move from push to pull to cooperation, the dynamics will need an initial jump-start, and continuous adjustment thereafter. Our approach must be accommodating and adaptive – built to handle/deliver constant CHANGE.

Are you ready for GRM?

To now cooperate GLOBALLY, we will need an approach that:
– is self-learning – adds better knowledge to each iteration
– causes “unintended consensus”- creates common ground
– enforces critical path – aligns participants to chosen actions
– is self-healing – next iteration based on prior lessons learned
– is transparent/non-intrusive ‘lifestyle’, not one-time initiative
– fosters objectivity – recognizes “because”; finds the root-cause
– catalogs local issues and aggregates/integrates global solutions

What if…U-ASK4-IT…?

ASK4™ is a four-question process improvement and change-management tool for solving problems and creating better results. It is engineered to bypass entrenched ‘bastions of reluctance’ that typically prevent progress – in personal, cultural, institutional, and international contexts. That can also enable a sustainable U-Netted Nations™, one internet, under control, of liberty and justice, BY all – and give U a stake in the Universe.

Imagine getting what you need – frequently
– or being the provider of what others desire!

I need + you have = WE WIN

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.
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